Description of the objective
eManifest (electronic manifest) is an initiative designed to establish advance electronic information requirements in the highway and rail modes of transportation, and to build upon existing advance commercial information requirements for goods in the marine and air modes. Advance information would be required from trade chain partners involved in the importation of goods into Canada in all modes of transportation. The advance information is needed to accurately identify high-risk goods and facilitate the free flow of low-risk goods while protecting the health, safety and security of Canadians. eManifest would ensure a paperless process, that starts before any goods reach the Canadian border, for commercial importations in all modes of transportation.
Specifically, the proposed amendments in support of eManifest (Package 2) would introduce:
- Re-manifest document requirements in all modes
- Rail and Highway carriers' requirements for electronic advance notification of rail and highway in-transit cargo data
- Electronic submission of a multi-modal cargo document expanded to air and marine modes of transportation, to be sent to the CBSA to facilitate shipments which travel via multiple modes
- Importers importing goods into Canada will be required to transmit importer advance trade data electronically to the CBSA prior to arrival in air, rail and highway modes and prior to loading in the marine mode
- New Administrative Monetary Penalty System penalties for new requirements
- New records keeping requirements.
Enabling Acts: Customs Act
Indication of business impacts
There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.
Public consultation opportunities
The main avenue for consultations with industry on eManifest is the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) and its Commercial Projects Sub-Committee. Records of these meetings can be found on the Border Commercial Consultative Committee page. The CBSA will continue to provide updates and consult stakeholders for their input regarding proposed regulatory amendments at these meetings, which will be ongoing throughout the development of Phase II of the eManifest regulatory proposal.The CBSA is continuing to engage with industry through the CBSA Web site and eManifest web feed, publications, communications products and various outreach activities, as the design and implementation of eManifest moves forward.
Canada Border Services Agency
- Government-wide Administrative Burden Baseline counts
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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